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Upcoming Colloquium

The March 23 Colloquium has been canceled.

The Colloquium is a unique opportunity for students to learn about new developments in physics and what physicists do after they graduate. Hosted by the Department of Physics and Astronomy at California State University Long Beach, the weekly meetings invite guests from universities, research laboratories, and industry to present and discuss current topics in physics. All students are encouraged to attend for a well-rounded experience and training in physics.


The Spring 2020 colloquia will start January 27.

Date Title Speaker and Affiliation
March 16, 2020 TBA Dr. Huolin Xin, UC Irvine
March 23, 2020 canceled canceled
April 6, 2020 TBA Dr. Hilke Schlichting, UCLA, MIT
April 13, 2020 CNSM Nobel Laureate Lecture Dr. David Baltimore, 1975 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine
April 20, 2020 TBA Dr. Sarah Marzen, Claremont Colleges
April 27, 2020 Student Presentations Students, CSU Long Beach
April 29, 2020 Student Presentations Students, CSU Long Beach
May 4, 2020 TBA Dr. Jonathan Feng, UC Irvine

Previous Colloquia

The Colloquium Archive has the Colloquia from previous semesters.

Date Title Speaker and Affiliation
March 9, 2020 From Heat Engines to Green Leaves: An Experimental Physicist's Perspective on Photosynthesis Dr. Nathan Gabor, UC Riverside
March 2, 2020 Learning about Neutron-rich Matter with Gravitational Waves Dr. Jocelyn Read, CSU Fullerton
February 24, 2020 Placing calculus and conservation laws at the center of introductory physics Dr. Christopher Fischer, University of Kansas
February 17, 2020 Parasite Chainmail: a 2D polymer Dr. Alex Klotz, CSU Long Beach
February 10, 2020 Manipulating Light with Nanostructured Materials Dr. Michelle Povinelli, USC
February 3, 2020 Taming Turbulence in Magnetized Plasmas: From Plasmas for Fusion Energy to Black Hole Accretion Disks Dr. Troy Carter, UCLA
January 27, 2020 Mastering Quantum Mechanics Dr. Zoltan Papp, CSU Long Beach


We acknowledge with gratitude donations and support from the following present sponsors:

  • H.E. and H.B. Miller and Family Endowment
  • Benjamin Carter
  • American Physical Society
  • Anonymous

We also acknowledge with gratitude our past donors: The Forty-Niner Shops, Inc., The Northrop Grumman Foundation, Sandra Dana, Anonymous.

If you wish to support the Colloquium, please contact the colloquium coordinator or the department chair. Thank you!